Egyptian feminists, activists and journalists will continue denouncing violence used against female protestors on Friday in a planned march larger than those held over the past two days.
More than 20 coalitions and female rights organizations are calling for a large protest on Friday calling it “The free women of Egypt-restoring honor”. A Facebook page is initiating the march with more than 2.000 users have confirmed joining, until time of publication.
Feminine revolutionary voices
On Tuesday, an estimated number of 25.000 Egyptian women have marched from Tahrir Square to the Egyptian Journalists’ Syndicate in Cairo’s downtown, to protest against the military rule in the country and decry violence used against demonstrators. The marches took place amid runoff of votes of second round of Egypt’s first parliamentary elections after the revolution.
The huge march came on the heel of a video clip that spread over social media networks showing a female face-veiled protestor stripped out of her clothes while being grabbed and beaten by soldiers in brown-greenish uniforms in Tahrir Square.
Two marches joined their forces at the same time. An earlier one was a sit-in held at 2 p.m. in front of the Journalists’ Syndicate. One hour later, another large protest merged lasting until 6:30 p.m. Newly elected members of parliament like Mustafa al-Naggar and Amr Hamzawy were seen in the protests.
The march was initiated when a Facebook female activist created a page to call for the large protests after several video clips that display violence against protesters were expanding on the wire, says Mona Ezzat a feminist at the New Woman Organization located in Cairo.
“We spread the word after seeing the call on Facebook and thousands of females responded and joined,” Ezzat says.
Yet with the different women’s rights organizations confirming their attendance in the Friday protest, senior female member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, Abeer Othman, was quoted in Al Masry Al Youm newspaper saying her party has not decided yet on their participation in the upcoming march.
Military “deep” apology
Through out the protests, demonstrators, which were mainly women, chanted slogans like “Down, Down the military rule” and “Raise your head high, you are much honorable than those who stepped on you”.
Feminists intend to send many messages to the ruling military council via these marches. The female activist says: “we want to call for an immediate end to the military rule, we want to condemn the brutality and mistreatment of all protesters regardless to their gender and also denounce all masculine voices that underestimate the feminine revolutionary efforts”.
Female activist at Kefaya movement, Karima al-Hefnawy, has also agreed. She affirms that Egyptian women will persist to lead all future steps to continue the revolution.
“We have seen females beaten and abused by the military soldiers and we had to react in large protests as such…we just can’t stay silent,” al-Hefnawy says.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Council of Armed Forces has issued an official statement to “deeply apologize for all Egyptian women”.
But one of the female protestors, who was also filmed while being beaten by military soldiers, appeared in a famous talk show aired on ON TV satellite channel saying she does not accept the apology.
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